Looking at the result from the last time the Providence High girls' volleyball team played Holy Martyrs, a win in Monday's rematch didn't appear promising for the Pioneers.
In its first meeting with the Armens on Oct. 25, Providence was swept. Not only did the Pioneers lose in straight games, but they never got to 20 in any one game and in two of the losses they scored only 12 and eight points, respectively.
But the rematch provided some motivation for the Pioneers, who were participating in the inaugural Liberty League Tournament. Providence was able to turn the tables on Holy Martyrs, earning a 25-22, 25-12, 25-20 victory at home in the semifinal contest.
The Pioneers (16-7) will take on Pacifica Christian in the league championship match at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"That was pretty embarrassing the last time that we played them," Providence Coach James Jimenez said. "But I think playing this one at home and playing in the league tournament really helped us play better.
"We were also able to take Holy Martyrs out of its game. They have some very athletic girls and we were able to stop them."
The Pioneers were paced by Fabi Jimenez, who tallied seven kills, 10 digs and four aces. Teammate Jenny Nardoni had 16 assists and Nikka Adraneda contributed 13 digs.
Having qualified for third place in league, Providence already earned a berth into the CIF Southern Section playoffs.